Saturday, September 10, 2011
Final: Pitt 35, Maine 29
By Andrea Adelson
There is no way Pitt coach Todd Graham feels good about the end of this game, not with a big test at Iowa looming next week.
The Panthers had a too-close-for-comfort 35-29 win against FCS Maine, a game that featured inconsistent play from quarterback Tino Sunseri, too many big plays given up on defense and a missed field goal and extra point from kicker Kevin Harper.
Pitt led 35-15 with 8 minutes to go in the game, but the Panthers allowed Maine to put together a 13-play, 81-yard drive to cut the lead to 35-22. Harper missed a 39-yard field goal, giving Maine the ball back with 1:13 left. Maine scored again with 3 seconds left, but time essentially ran out on its upset bid.
Sunseri threw two interceptions -- including one in the end zone. After he threw his second interception of the day in the fourth quarter, freshman Trey Anderson replaced him. Once again, Ray Graham was the most reliable player on offense for the Panthers, gaining 121 yards and scoring three touchdowns.
Maine had 334 yards passing in the game and made it much more difficult on the Panthers they they wanted.